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of cap and trade, the wreck of a carbon revenue positive carbon tax. we have to get rid of the wreckage then drive to the destination. >> i think that is shockingly naive. we're going to have to go back at it again. bob inglas. thanks. the "rachel maddow show" starts right now. >> good evening, chris. thank you very, very much. in november 1981 the united states invaded egypt by air. 850 paratroopers from the 82nd airborne in north carolina, look at that, they flew from north carolina to egypt and dropped out of the sky all at once. >> 14 hours after taking off from north carolina, american paratroopers landed in the egyptian desert. it was the biggest task so far for the rapid deployment force. 850 members of the 82nd airborne, and tons of weapons and equipment were over the drop
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site precisely on time and on the ground six minutes later. there were four injuries. the most serious a broken hip. b-52s dropped 500-pound bombs from 600 feet above the egyptian dese desert. a-10 thunderbolts and f-16s bombed desert targets and above it all, an a-wax kept track of the war games. six b-52s flew nonstop from north dakota to hit the target 70 miles from cairo. >> that was november 1981. a fake war in egypt. it apparently cost one paratrooper a broken hip. otherwise it was considered a big success. we've been holding big fake wars in egypt ever since. the first one was in 1980 after egypt signed a peace treaty with israel. we held a fake war with egypt. a big military joint training exercise in 1980. again, we did that really big one in 1981. then everybody had so much fun and it started to turn into such
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a big operation with so many tens of thousands of troops participating from an ever-increasing list of countries that they decided they were going to have to hold this thing every two years instead of every year because it took so long to plan and it was so expensive to do. but we have been doing it biannually every couple of years ever since. the basic idea is that, well, in part, war games are fun for militaries. gets to keep everybody on their toes. i'm sure those b-52 pilots in the desert were probably psyched to be able to drop live fire 500-pound bombs in an unfamiliar place. instead of just the same old training runs at home. but also, think about when these started. 1980. 1981. peak years of the cold war. right? when the u.s. and the soviet union were trying to divide the world between them and us. everybody expanding their spheres of influence. right? the u.s. and the "u.s.s. r."
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pressuring other countries in the world to aly with the west or ally with the east. cementing military ties for the west in egypt, egypt which has the biggest population in the middle east, in many ways the strongest arab nation, yeah, that was reward for them signing a peace treaty with israel and also a way to keep them in the west, on our side of the big game. now even today the egyptian military uses tanks built by general dynamics. they fly boeing apache attack helicopters. their fighter jet pilots fly lockheed martin f-16s. and every two years since the early 1980s, these giant war games, these giant fake wars in egypt, they further cement the military relationships between egypt and the west. they cement the interoperability of egypt's troops with american troops. and now all the other countries that participate or that formally observe those war games, too. by 1999, there were 70,000
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troops taking part in the bian wrul fake war in egypt. that year 11 countries had troops participating. another 30 or so countries were there to formally observe the fake war. the fake war planned that year, 1999, was to defend egypt from a made up country called orangeland. and in the war game plan, orangeland had invaded and was trying to take control of the nile. so the allies had to work together to defeat the fake orangeland forces. hope the dutch weren't offended. or syracuse. in the 30-plus years that we have been staging these fake wars, operation bright star, fake wars in egypt, the fake war has only been called off a handful of times and usually called off because of a real war. operation bright star was called off in 1992 because of the first gulf war when iraq invaded kuwait then the u.s. invaded iraq. again, in 2003, we were too busy invading iraq for a second time
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to bother with fake invading egypt or helping egypt fend off some other fake invader. then again, though, in 2011, it was called off. in the midst of the arab spring, egypt, itself, was too busy having a real national crisis to bother with pretending to have another one. egypt's protesting in the streets overthrowing their own government, deposing dictator hosni mubarak after nearly three decades in power. since then egyptians have elected and installed and overthrown another government and now with the military in charge, this military? which we have invested decades in our interrelationship, billions of dollars in equipment, more than $1 billion in additional military aid every year, now with that close ally to our military in charge of egypt, this week blood runs in the streets of that country. yesterday in cairo and suez and alexandria. today in cairo, again, in geeza
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and the shadow of the pyramids. across egypt, the supporters of the most recently ousted president from the muslim brotherhood, mohamed morsi, they were cut down for a second day in the streets by police and troops under control of the military that now runs that country. yesterday's death toll is now considered to be over 600 people killed. today's death toll is not yet clear. in response to the violence, president obama, today, interrupted his vacation to make a formal statement and to call off this year's operation bright star in egypt. >> while we want to sustain our relationship with egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. as a result, this morning we notified the egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise which was scheduled for next month. >> in three decades, the only other times we have canceled our
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biannual fake wars with egypt were for real wars and real revolutions. is what's happening in egypt right now either of those things? and what has our close, very close relationship with that country's military bought us now in terms of influence? now that the military is in charge of that country? and what other options do we have that might make any difference at all to what is happening in that country's streets? joining us live in cairo is nbc news correspondent, ayman. thank you for staying us into the middle of the night to be with us. i really appreciate it. >> reporter: my pleasure, rachel. >> what can you tell us about the situation in cairo and around egypt today? compared with yesterday? whether it seems like the situation is settling down at all or whether it's going to continue the way it has been? >> reporter: well two things. one, this scope of what happened yesterday is still being realized today on a humanitarian level and on a political level.
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yesterday we didn't have a sense of how bad it was going to be. the muslim brotherhood was saying thousands of supporters were killed. the death tolls began very low from the official government sources. by the end of today, we are still getting a better picture of the kind of human toll these casualties or, rather, these crackdowns have resulted in. we're looking at a number of 600 or so killed so far. there are still hundreds of bodies laying in a mosque that are still unidentified, unaccounted for. people are expecting that number to go up in the coming hours, perhaps as early as tomorrow morning. and against that backdrop, a tremendous amount of political uncertainty here. today the government ratcheting up its use of force saying they will use live ammunition against protesters, if, in fact, these protesters continue to try and attack government buildings, churches, police stations, courthouses, like we saw today. so there's is no backing down on either side, and it has created a second night of anxiety here
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in the capital of cairo and across the country for this second night of also the emergency law and curfew that has been imposed here. >> obviously the two sides here are the government, police and security forces. military on one side. on the other side, the muslim brotherhood. supporters of the ousted president, mohamed morsi. what about everybody else? how was the general public coping? people who are anti-morsi but not part of the government? people who may not have participated in the protests throughout any of these protests over the last few years. how are people generally anticipating coping with this? >> reporter: well, this is exactly what makes the situation on the ground so complex. the word that everybody uses to describe egypt these days, polarized. egypt is a polarized country today because everybody on one hand has some legitimacy and correct assumptions in their argument, but they're also incorrect. and as you mentioned, the people that are caught in the middle, ordinary egyptians are divided.
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on one hand, over the year of the term of president mohamed morsi, egyptians grew frustrated with his rule, not happy with his governing system. the economy got worse. for ordinary egyptians, they wanted their lives to get better. that did not happen. a popular revolt took place on june 30th. the military on the other hand has interpreted that as a mandate to return to power and some cases abuse that mandate that was given to it in cracking down on protests like we've seen. so it has angered some egyptians, and that's why many people here are very cautious about the return of the military in a very strong way, dominating the country's politics. attempting to try and put back its role in egyptian society. the question, or not, really that everyone is worried about is how genuine will the military be? now, there were some reasons to believe the military was going to be genuine, but when we see incidents like yesterday unfold, it gives people here a moment of pause. they lived under military rule for 60 years.
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so there is growing concern that, perhaps, the military's actions over the past 48 hours is going to set this country back on a whole host of issues, most importantly, civil liberties, individual freedoms, political gains that have been real life since 2011. make no mistake about it. the muslim brotherhood is not popular. people are not rallying behind them. people rejected what they did over the course of the last year and several weeks. the anger is divided between how they govern and whether or not what happened yesterday was a proportionate use of force to try and restore security across the country. >> and that will continue, of course, to get more and more acute. that sense. as the security forces, as you say, pledge to use live fire and not to back down at all. this is just an incredibly tense situation. nbc news correspondent ayman mohyeldin. thank you for staying up for us. i appreciate it. stay safe. there's a lot of other news in the world today including an
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this is where the majority of the people in new river, it's right next to the armory. that's where this big huge population thing is and you're going to have to drive all the way out of the city limits over
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here to bamboo road to vote. this is just stupid. >> this tape is from wataga county in western north carolina. happened on monday night this week. and what you see there on one level looks like a little local level dispute for a county in north carolina, but it turns out that what happened there is also a sign of something really big going on in that state. and from a national perspective, what everybody can tell is going on in north carolina is that there are these weekly protests going on, right? these protests by liberal groups, african-american groups, protesting. people getting arrested by the dozens. sometimes by the hundreds. week after week, trying to get national attention to what's going on in north carolina. for the national level, those weekly protests are easy to see. also from the national level, there's something going on with the state's republican governor. his approval rating has gone through the floor. it's the lowest it's been since he took office.
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pat mckprrcrory down to a 39% approval rating. paul lepage, rick scott approval rating. this deeply unpopular governor, pat mccrory signed into law the worst -- bill in country. rick hassan, professor at university of north carolina, says looking at the north carolina bill pat mccrory just signed, he said it's the worst voter suppression bill signed into law in any state since 1965 when the voting rights act passed. what's becoming clear all of a sudden this week in north carolina is that that bill, that radical bill, that huge overhaul of north carolina voting rights that pat mccrory signed on monday, that is not a standalone thing. it apparently is just part of an overall plan, a multipart plan to radically change democracy in that state. a plan that includes more than just this new law that's already being put into effect. you can see it happening this
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week in these counties. this is appalachian state university in north carolina. take a look. ♪ hot, hot, hot >> obviously part of their promo video, the very friendly, hot, hot, hot, appalachian state university in the northwest county of north carolina, in boone, watauga county, north carolina. watauga county went for mitt romney in the presidential election but just barely. it was really close. the specific voter precincts in boone, in and around appalachian state went for barack obama by a lot, by such big margins they almost dragged the rest of the county with them, but the county ultimately went for romney by a
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hair. now, of course, students at appalachian state are about to find from here on out it's going to be a lot harder to vote in north carolina. the new law signed by governor mccrory this week is going to slash early voting in state, cutting same-day voter registration. most importantly, you'll be blocked from voting in the state unless you show a government-issued i.d. even if you go to a public university like appalachian state university and your student i.d. is therefore provided to you by the state, your appalachian state student i.d. will not count for voting. nobody will be allowed to vote in the state if their state i.d. is a student i.d. wow. that is the new law in north carolina. but here is the other thing that has changed alongside it. when pat mccrory got elected last year, the first republican governor elected in north carolina since the '80s. he appointed a whole new board of elections for the state. he appointed a republican majority board of elections. that board has now systemically
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been replacing the local elections boards all around the state with local republican officials. and so what you see here is the brand new republican majority local board where appalachian state is saying, hey, students, hey, you obama voting students, this new law, the republican governor just signed, it's going to make it way harder for you to vote, but we think it's not hard enough. we're going to make it even tougher. so before now, in that town in boone, early voting took place at two spots in town and one spot on campus. now the republicans on the local board are getting rid of on-campus voting altogether. combining them into one. the one they're picking is not at the school. they're taking three precincts and rolling them into one. the one place is, as you might guess, also not on campus. altogether the one polling place the republicans are assigning now where there used to be
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three, that polling place will be expected to serve more than 9,000 people. 9,300 people at that one polling place. which has 35 parking places. what could possibly go wrong? at the county meeting on monday, the lone democrat left on the local board asked whether 9,300 people being crammed into the same off campus voting precinct might not just be an awful lot to expect. >> what's the current state guideline for the maximum number of voters in one precinct? >> the last i recall receiving was probably in 1990. >> and what was the maximum number of voters in the guideline? >> if i recall correctly, 1,500. >> 1,500? >> 1,500? 1,500? 1,500 voters per precinct is the state guideline. they're going to make this one for 9,300 people.
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at a site with less than 40 parking places. also no more voting at school. another voting site they are moving people to in town is nice and far away from where most of the people in town even live. good luck trying to vote in boone, north carolina. good lauck appalachian state students. serves you right for who you tend to vote for and the fact you tend to vote. this is an important part of the story that's just now becoming clear. it's not just that the republicans passed this law to make voting harder everywhere in the state, they've almost systemically top-down taken over the voting process at the local level. they're just pulling all the silverware drawers out and dumping everything out all over the floor. if you think it's bad for appalachian state, may i introduce you to elizabeth city state university? elizabeth city state university is a small historically black college in the northeastern corner of the state. in elizabeth city, in their county there, it's the same deal. republican governor pat mccrory stacked the state board of elections which has now stacked the local board.
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now with the new law in place and the brand new republican majority on the local board, the county chairman for the republican party, the county chairman decided he was going to challenge the residency of this guy. his name is montraveos king, a civil minded guy, registered to vote at the college in elizabeth city since he got there in twhooi2009. he'll be a senior this fall. he served as president of his university's naacp chapter. this year mr. king decided he wanted to run for city council. says he wants to stay in elizabeth city after he graduates and wans to help elizabeth city see how great it is. what an asset it is to the city to have all those students in town. this week at the county board, the republican party chairman stepped in and said no. he formally challenged mr. king's right to run for office by challenging his residency.
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montraveous king has lived there and been registered to vote there and has indeed voted there since 2009. the chairman of the county republican party says as far as he's concerned, you don't live here anymore. and the new republican majority board heard the challenge on tuesday and the new republican majority board said, yeah, you know what, kid, you don't live here anymore. you cannot run for city council. we no longer consider you to be a resident. you do not qualify. since apparently the rules for qualifying to run as a candidate are the same as qualifying to vote so says the local paper, the "elizabeth city daily advance." that means if a student at the local college is disallowed for running for office, presumably this means they'll disallow him from voting as well. and why stop with just him? i mean, if this works, republicans could disenfranchise the whole school. right? that's apparently their plan. the republican party county chairman tells reporters that he intends to challenge the residency of other students at the local historically black college now, too. he's urging republicans in
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college towns across north carolina to do the same with their new republican majority boards of elections, installed systemically by republican governor pat mccrory. do this across the state. let's end students' voting across north carolina. he told the associated press, "i plan to take this show on the road." north carolina republicans clearly think they're going to get away with this. for the record, it is blatantly illegal. blatantly unconstitutional. it has been since the 1970s. since 1979 when this u.s. supreme court ruled that students, in fact, have the constitutional right to register to vote and to vote where they go to school. that case began at another historically black college at prairie view a&m in texas. the county didn't want to let the black students vote there either. the supreme court intervened and said texas had to let them vote. this is not a subtle gray areas in the law kind of thing. this is as clear as it gets.
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republicans in north carolina are doing it anyway. right now. this week. until somebody stops north carolina republicans from what they are doing, it is 1979 all over again. or i guess 1964 all over again? maybe earlier. the republican governor of north carolina pat mccrory has his approval ratings in the dtoilet. he's paying the price for the whiplash radical turn the state has taken under his republican leadership. it is not one man it's clear now. it's a statewide plan and statewide effort. the more you look at what republicans are doing in north carolina right now, the more it makes sense why democrats and african-american voters have been getting arrested by the dozens, by the hundreds, week after week trying to get rest of the country to notice the kind of radicalism that is going on there right now. la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for it's smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the busses are running on natural gas,
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you might be familiar with the comicbook and now movie awesomest that is the "x men." in the comics and the movie, the "x men" are superheroes, mutants that use their superpowers to fight for humanity and against evil. of course, in the comics as in real life, in order to be real heroes, the "x men" need real enemies to fight against. deadly, terrifying, bent on destruction bad guy enemies. everyone in country now needs to explain to the heritage foundation because apparently they don't get it. an effort to try to help the nation's most prominent right wing think tank. when we come back.
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believe controversy? bain. the movie has been in the works for a long time. a release has been known. summer 2012 for a long time. do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing, four eyed, in this movie is named bane? >> in the dog days of the 2012 presidential campaign, rush limbaugh found something not jux objectionable in the "dark knight rises" the new batman movie, he found something conspiratorial. he thought it was fishy the liberals in hollywood had come up with some movie villain called bane. bane. can you believe that? exactly when mitt romney was running for president and he had run a company called bain. the liberal conspiracy. except that bane the batman villain was created in 1993 and frankly in 1993 mitt romney
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wasn't registered as a republican. still, conspiracy. someone invented a time machine to go back in history and make the batman villain remind you of a republican in the future or something. i wish i could smoke whatever that man smokes. i don't have the constitution for it, but anyway. now, a year after the bane conspiracy, same thing is kind of happening again but it's backwards this time. to the naked eye, these seem like ordinary nice conservative ladies merely out to end the irs as you do. but these are not ordinary nice conservative ladies. these are the sentinels of the heritage foundation. the sentinels. and as sentinels, they are honor bound to the heritage foundation to hold congress accountable to conservative principles. right now the heritage foundation has this group of conta activists they call the sentinels, writing letters to the editor, tweeting. the heritage foundation wants an army of activists.
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it has formed the sentinels. they mean for you to imagine this colonial-era guy which they put on their sentinels logo. kind of looks like a minute man, actually. see, the minute man brand, that was already taken, and then by the anti-immigrant hardcore conservative activists who go around on the weekend pretending they're the border patrol even though they're not. minute man was taken. also it's kind of gender specific. the heritage folks decided to go with the sentinels instead. it would be perfect, except for lots of people in america, the sentinels have been a thing in pop culture since 1965 thanks to marvel comics. come on, the sentinels, among the greatest comic book villains in the history of the comic book villains. the sentinels are robots who decide to dominate humanity for our own good. we are the sentinels. our brain is superior to your brain. it's hard to believe that the heritage foundationt todidn't k
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this, didn't google it. the sentinels are part of the "x men" series. it's not an old dusty long forgotten thing. the "x men" thing is popular right now. you can make it up. they're designing the costume for the evil sentinel villains in the "x men" movies. the other day "x men" fans were passing around this picture of what the giant sentinel's costume might look like in the new movie. this is what everybody thinks of when we already do think of the sentin sentinels. zap. fry. submit to my superior brain. this is the one where it says, in this issue, look, everybody dies. hey, heritage foundation, these are the sentinels. run for your life. heritage foundation is turning out to be one of the more amaze things in this iteration of conservative politicsi we're living through.
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senator demint managed to breeze through eight years in the u.s. senate without a single landmark law to call his own. for a place that wants to style itself as a think tank, a policy shop, a research institution, jim demint was a weird hire to be their president. heritage hired him and put him in charge. one of his first big acts as the boss, heritage released a report on why the nation should not pass immigration reform. the argument was basically that immigrants are always on welfare. they take, take, take because they're low achieving and uneducated and basically dumb. that report was presented to the nation as science. it was co-authored by a heritage foundation policy analyst named jason richwine, ph.d. of science, right? turned out jason richwine ph.d. had done his doctoral dissertation on the idea that immigrations are dumb, that immigrants are naturally not as smart as everyone else and the brown people in particular are not only not as smart, they might be unable to get any smarter. this guy had been peddling his
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pseudoquantitative version on white supremacist websites before he took his road show to the heritage foundation where they hired him and slapped his credential next to the heritage foundation logo and told conservatives how to vote. this is the heritage foundation. the nation's preeminent conservative think tank under j jim demint. this is the self-styled center of conservative thought in 2013. they have this new project trying to convince republicans everybody will be super okay with it if the republicans shut down the government. look at this. heritage action. submit to my superior brain. the sentinels, right? heritage action released a new poll designed to make republicans take the leap to shut down the government over obama care. heritage is saying trust us. house majority not at stake. it will be fine if we shut down the government. look, their unique take on this is getting pickup. here's the same poll reported in politico. poll shows shutdown blame would be split. in the case of a potential
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government shutdown, less than a third of people would blame republicans. "washington post" had a slightly more accurate take. "just how stupid does heritage think republican politicians are?" heritage poll was a pseudo poll conducted by a conservative polling firm, a push poll with loaded questions asked in mostly republican districts in order to get the answer heritage wants. here's an example of the way they asked the question. check this out. this is how the heritage poll asked respondents if they'd support republicans shutting down the government to defund obama care. this is how they worded the question. in order to get president obama to agree to at least have a time-out on implementing the health care law and its full effects, would you approve or disapprove of a temporary slowdown in nonessential federal government operations which still left all essential government services running? slightly different from do you support government shutdown to defund obama care? the other aspect of this poll that heritage has been trying to sell is that this poll represents america as a whole. this isn't just a poll of the
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republican base. this is a representative of all americans. right? so they explain that they polled people in ten different congressional districts. and, okay, yes, six of those districts are currently represented by republicans in the house but four represented by democrats. this poll they're trying to say is pretty broadly representative of republican-leaning districts but not safe republican districts. looking at one of those not safe republican districts in that heritage poll that will show us that bipartisan america would be totally cool with a government shutdown, this is west virginia's third district. one of the districts in the poll that was held up as a not safe republican district. a member of congress from west virginia's district here is, in fact, a democrat, but look at how this district voted in the presidential election. they voted for mitt romney by more than 30%. this is north carolina's seventh district, another in a heritage poll cited as an example of a nonsafe republican district and have a democratic member of congress, too, but they voted for mitt romney by 20% in the last election.
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so this is not random behavior. right? there's a logic to what the republicans and the conservatives are doing here. it's just really deeply flawed logic. they didn't poll the representative sample of americans. most of whom said, yeah, shut down the government. we won't blame you guys. heritage presented it that way. what they really did was poll superrepublican districts that went for mitt romney by 20 points and 30 points and in those districts people push polled with a leading question favoring a republican idea said, yeah, they like the republican idea. and this kind of nonsense is happening at the same time that the republican party is now openly musing about not wanting real news organizations to moderate any of their primary debates next time. instead they want their primary debates to be moderated by, hey, maybe rush limbaugh or mark levine, or anyone interested in republicans having power. the communications director for the rnc was asked, he said, quote, mark levin should ask the
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potential president? at the same time the rnc is considering this, conservative activist groups are telling republican members of congress they should go ahead and shut down the government in order to defund obama care. they're saying don't pay attention to what happened in 1995 when there was a huge backlash against republicans when they shut down the government. don't pay attention to anything in your common sense that might tell you that america won't like republican members of congress shutting down the government. believe us when we tell you that we've push polled on the issue and we've come up with a way to tell you it's going to be fine. what packetly is the republican party auditioning for right now? what exactly are they trying to win? joining us now is steve kornacki, steve, thanks very much for being here. >> happy to be here. >> so the audition here, if the republican primaries happen before right wing talk show hosts, is presumably for them to make the right wing talk show hosts like them. is this an electoral strategy or a fund-raising strategy? what is this? >> well, no, i think it's a
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symptom of what we really see in the post-george busw. bush repuc an party. the incentive strategy is out of whack in the party right now. it used to be simple. look at how george w. bush became president. it was the overpowering incentive in the republican party was in win. in the 1990s they lost. the government shutdown in 1995. they lost when clinton won again. they lost on impeachment. they say, we have to find a way to win an election. you have george w. bush and compassionate conservatism. it's a totally different game. they said compassionate conservative was big government conservatism and spoiled the good name of conservatism and gave us barack obama. you have two sort of competing things, two sort of complementary things going on in the conservative movement. one is standard. beat the other party's guy. beat barack obama. the other one is there's no such thing in a post-bush world of being too pure in the republican party. what that exactly means from a policy and agenda standpoint, i don't know, nobody's articulated yet. there's this constant battle now, constant reinforcement for
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people who seek out the most pure position, most pure label and you can gain stature, prominence and make a lot of money on the conservative side by claiming the most pure ground now, even if it doesn't mean winningstature and money by claiming the most pure ground, even if it doesn't win election. >> there are a lot of people who, because it helped their bottom line, made sense for them, instrumentally, even if they realized it was not going to be the best thing for the party winning general elections. right now, though, i feel like we have the heritage foundation really pushing republicans in that direction, and we have the rnc really thinking about going in that direction. we have the power base, that is going in that direction, what are the countervailing sources? >> there are the opinion-shaping forces, whether it is donors or activists who still have that
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bottom line that they want the win back the white house. are there enough of them left that they can sort of give cover to a candidate that is not going to cater to the talk radio crowd like in the past. you think back to the clinton yeast, in 1994, they went far to the right, the shut down forces, and more of the establishment republicans to win in 1996. the question is, is that still going to be in place in 2016? the problem is, the pragmatic republican, keeping the base from saying betrayal. it was a lot easier 20 years ago, more than it is now. >> and it was hard in 20 years, nobody was even trying to help them bridge that gap. i think it is fascinating. i think the collapse of the heritage foundation, into
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the brand made prescription pill, made by a drug company or you could cook them up illegally. but there is a reason that there is not a qualuude problem in the united states anymore, and it is that the basic compound that you need, the basic chemical compounds that you need, which was put together by indian scientists in the 1960s, it is very hard to make, too hard to make in a sort of cook shop doper lab anywhere, even if you're sort of a good cook shop laboratory scientist. in order to make the drug illegally, what the cartels would do, because they could not make the basic compound they would have to purchase it. so they would bulk purchase it from this small handful of professional large-scale factories who were making that compound legitimately. there were only four of them, germany, austria, hungary, in
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large scale factors. we think of the drug war as mostly a futile enterprise, basically a worthy idea, but futile, there is not a qualuude drug anymore in the united states. they used to call it disco biscuit, they will tell you they can't get it anymore. but what was on track to equal heroin in this country doesn't exist anymore, and that is because it was beatable. there was only one legal manufacturer of the pills. and so at a policy level we banned the legal sale of the drug and made sure that one manufacturer complied. in terms of the illegal sales, we convinced or bought off those four factories who made that complicated base level chemical compound. we convinced them or bought them off so that they should stop selling it in bulk.
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and so the u.s. has no qualuude problem anymore. whatever you think about the drug war, i wanted to raise this story this morning, because as a non-scientist, i'm here to tell you that the general public in the united states thinks that the whole idea of human effort to combat climate change is futile, that the whole idea of environmental science is the complex and nuance measurement of hopeless, slow motion catastrophe. that basically, you guys work to tell us the consequence of our behavior, but we believe that broadly seeking to change our behavior now is not possible in any meaningful scale, and also not going to make a difference anyway. in the mind of the general public, the earth is now the drug war. worthy, maybe, but basically futile. so what are the quallude
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